Oct. 3, 2014 Live from the road

Sado Island 佐渡島

Reported by Harashita Sunaoshi 45.0 km

We spent our 3rd day on Sado Island.


Sado Island is not only rich in nature, but also unique in its spiritual depth and artistic richness.


Our first stop of the day was Ogi Elementary near one of the ferry ports.


"Here is the country I am from!"


Silently feeling peace inside the heart...


Children loved the 'peace' skits, as usual.


Which continent am I on now?


How nice it is to run with the torch!


Principal really liked the program.


Children's enthusiastic farewell is always encouraging!


It's like we have gone back 100 years, especially in this Shukunegi Ward. We have been looking forward to this next visit...


Kodo, Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble, the world-renowned taiko drumming troup based in Sado Island warmly and enthusiastically welcomed us during the rehearsal for their concert that afternoon. Their welcome-performance was simply mesmerizing.

佐渡を拠点に世界的活動を続ける太鼓芸能集団 鼓童のみなさんが、午後からのコンサートのリハーサル中にピース・ラン一行を迎えてくださいました。宿根木公会堂に入る私たちを歓迎しての演奏に、一同ただただ聞き惚れました。

After Kodo's fantastic welcome, we introduced ourselves to each other. Kodo has visited 46 countries so far, doing the on-going tour named 'One Earth', where they hope diverse cultures and ways of life resonate with each other.


What struck me the most was the intense joy coming out of the sounds of their drums. Their joy of life was coming out and entered into us through the sounds of the drums.


At the end, the members came out and ran with us through the ward. People in the neighborhood cheerfully watched us run together.


We really felt a lot for each other, and our final photo shoot was all smiles.


Our next stop was at Mano Elementary, where over 240 children eagerly welcomed us.


Principal received the peace torch and Certificate of Appreciation.


Today Victor from New Zealand joined the team.


In the afternoon we made a stop at Sado City Hall, where the mayor, deputy mayor, and many staff members cheerfully welcomed us.


Mayor was simple and friendly. Thank you so much for creating the nice welcome-banner for us.

甲斐 元也佐渡市長はとても気さくで素朴な方。歓迎の横断幕も作っていただいて感激です。

Everyone present ran with the torch. They were having a good time!


And we did hi-fives with all the staff. Their hearts are childlike. We love people of Sado.


Running together from time to time is a lot of fun, too.


And our last program on Sado Island was at Ryotsu Yoshii Elementary.


Country-guessing game is always a highlight of the program.


This student is representing her school, signing her name on the world map travelling from Russia.


This is the last leg of the relay on Sado Island.


Meeting for tomorrow's routes and ceremonies on the ferry to Niigata City.


Torch carried by
Ashirvad Zaiantchick (Brazil), Emily Oliver (New Zealand), Harashita Sunaoshi (Japan), Josef Sverma (Czech Republic), Laksyavedi Munkh-Erdene (Mongolia), Midori Shimizu (Japan), Munkh jargal Lkhaasuren (Mongolia), Pramiti Niwa (Japan), Shraddha Kurzemniece (Latvia), Sudasa Yoshida (Japan), Surasa Mairer (Austria), Victor Lusis (New Zealand), Yahva Hoffmann (Japan), You Yamada (Japan).  
Akanda Norov, Ashirvad Zaiantchick
The torch has travelled 45.0 km in Sado Island 佐渡島.

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